Weekend Best Bets: Oct. 21-24

Things to do around the Twin Cities this weekend: spooky puppets, live comedy, tea time, Halloween stuff, and more
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Spooky Puppets

What: Night Shade
When: Thursday, Oct. 21-31, 7 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis

Open Eye Theatre’s puppet show returns to the rooftop of the Bakken Museum on October 21 through Halloween. The Night Shade puppet collective will perform Order of Wolf, a variety of haunting tales, as demonic hosts Shady Shayla and Creepy Cindy call forth the spirits of Minneapolis. It’s BYOC (bring your own chair) as well as a blanket for a sinister evening of stories upon the Bakken rooftop.

Ongoing: Tea Time in St. Paul

What: Traditional Afternoon Tea at Saint Paul Hotel
When: Saturday, Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m.
Where: The Saint Paul Hotel, 350 N. Market St., St. Paul

Looking for an afternoon of refinery and delicate sandwiches? Grab your best fascinator and take your finest friends to the Saint Paul Hotel where you can sip tea in the hotel’s beautiful lobby over a traditional tea party. Enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, and two tiers of sweets while a pianist serenades you. Several tea parties are held throughout the week, the next one occurring on the 23rd at 1 p.m.

Chicago Footwork

What: Era Footwork Crew – In the Wurkz
When: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 22-23, 8 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

The Era Footwork Crew pioneered the battle dance referred to as Chicago footwork, and they’re taking their dance crew to a new level with rhythmically intricate beats accompanied by sound, video art, and poetry. The Walker Art Center presents a footwork tale (spanning roller rink parties and Chicago basement battles) that has graced the global stages of London and Japan. The crew also has a pop-up show for free at the Cargill Lounge on the 21st.

Halloween Cavalcade

What: Light Up the Night Parade
When: Saturday, Oct. 23, 7-8 p.m.
Where: Anoka, Minnesota

The town of Anoka does not take Halloween lightly as the so-called “Halloween Capital of the World.” This year is no exception, with a variety of spooky events leading up to the big night. Coming up first is the Light Up the Night Parade on October 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. (There’s a Grande Day Parade on Oct. 30 and a parade for school children Oct. 29.) Enjoy an evening of colorful Halloween-themed floats under the lights of the historic streets of Anoka. Costumes are not required, but it’d be silly not to wear one.

Comedian Kathleen Madigan

What: Kathleen Madigan – Do You Have Any Ranch?
When: Saturday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Best known for her Netflix special Bothering Jesus, Kathleen Madigan has been recognized as one of the “Nine Funniest Women on the Planet” by the Detroit Free Press and PopMatters.com (alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler). Now see her live as her Do You Have Any Ranch? Tour arrives at the State Theater in Minneapolis on October 23. According to Jerry Seinfeld, “She is small, practical, and fun. She makes a lot of sense but not too much sense. Just enough to be hilarious.”

Rolling into U.S. Bank Stadium

What: The Rolling Stones at U.S. Bank Stadium
When: Sunday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Coming to the U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday is one the world’s most famous rock bands. The Stones will be performing in Minneapolis as they continue their No Filter tour, featuring new songs as well as classics, plus a tribute to drummer Charlie Watts, who died in August.

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